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Getting Ready for Sunday 1/1

THIS SUNDAY we will begin a new practice this coming Lord's Day. On the first Sunday of each month, we will devote the morning sermon to the month's catechism question.


The aim of this practice is to

  • "be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding" (Col 1:9),

  • "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pt 3:18),

  • "all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Ep 4:13)


for the sake of

  • "walking in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit of every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy" (Col 1:10-11)

  • "no longer being children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, growing up... into Christ... being joined and held together by Christ... equipped... working properly... and being built up in love.

In order for us to live according to God's will, worthy of Him, and pleasing to Him in obedience to his Word, we must do this in understanding and gaining knowledge. As the passages above indicate, the Bible is very clear on the necessity of growing in knowledge and understanding.

It is very difficult to read your bible without seeing words like "mind", "think", "know", "understand", and "knowledge". Therefore, we as a church ought to strive to be faithful to these commands in scripture by devoting ourselves to seeking the knowledge and truth of God, man, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our hope is that we will be transformed by the renewal of our minds, by the power of the word of the cross, and through the indwelling Spirit of God.


January Catchesim Question and Answer:

Question 32: What is justification?

A. Justification is an act of God’s free grace in which He pardons all our sins (Rom 3:24; Eph 1:7), and accepts us as righteous in His sight (2Co 5:21), only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us (Rom 5:19), and received by faith alone (Gal 2:16; Phi 3:9).


Additional Passages to Read

  • Romans 5

  • Ephesians 2:1-10


Looking Forward to January

Starting on 1/8 we will begin a month-long sermon series on our church covenant. This will coincide with our New Members' Class that also begins on 1/8 during Sunday School.

The goal during this time is to

  • Examine the idea of the church covenant, biblically and historically

  • Take a fresh look at the content of our church covenant

  • Reaffirm our commitment to Christ and to each other through the covenant of our church.

If you would like to participate in our new members' class you can sign up at church or reach out to me by phone (870) 510-7573.



MISC NOTES

The Bible Reading Plan has been updated for the New Year


This week's hymns have not yet been selected. However, please see one of our newer hymns below, I Asked the Lord that I Might Grow.


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"I feel it is far better to begin with God—to see his face first, to get my soul near him before it is near another." - Robert Murray M'Cheyne




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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18





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